As winter draws in and Christmas beckons, indoor plants, floral and foliage decorations assume greater significance. David Coton suggests how you can transform your home with the colourful interest of seasonal plants.
It was quite an honour for GardenSite to be asked to supply the Christmas Tree to Birmingham New Street Station this year, and to celebrate we're offering a Champagne High Tea to the winners of a seasonal selfie competition.
GardenSite partner David Coton was initially approached by shift station manager Craig Stenning back in June, and earlier this month we were delighted to deliver a magnificent 21ft Nordic Spruce to the busiest railway station outside of London.
New Street has 35 million passengers annually and was recently redeveloped as part of the ultra modern 500,000 sq ft Grand Central shopping mall which draws in thousands more to its superb shopping, restaurants and cafes
As both New Street and Grand Central are such busy places, we couldn't take any chances with safety, so we had to arrange for some stringent fire and risk assessments before spraying the tree with a fire retardant.
Now in place, fully lit and decorated in true Christmas style, thousands of people pass the tree each day and a quickly taken selfie might win two of them a Champagne High Tea at The Garden Room in Sutton Coldfield.
All you need to do is to take a selfie in front of the tree which is on the main walkway below Grand Central, then enter the competition by sharing the selfie with us on Twitter using the tag '@hallsgardensite' and a winner will be chosen at random.
Robert Hall reviews the new Halls Qube Greenhouse, stating that; this is a major evolutionary step in greenhouse design. Read his full review of the new range here.
GardenSite were once again pleased to support the Boldmere Community Festival which took place on 18 November, with the Christmas Lights switched on by Alan Gardner, well known for his appearances as TV's Autistic Gardener.
Whether it's a bleak December or the more mild weather we are becoming used to, you can still spend useful time in the garden during the last month of the year. David Coton suggests some garden jobs that can occupy the short days.
An iced over pond will have a detrimental effect on animal and plant pond life, although fish and amphibians will survive under a frozen surface for some time, ice traps gases escaping from decaying material and prevents oxygen from entering the water.